ONION PACKAGING, ALLIUM CEPA / LILIACEAE (ALLIACEAE)
There are multiple types of packages for onions, both concerning the size as the material. For prepackaging, the most usual wrapping are plastic sacks, made of mesh, or tubes, and also covered plastic trays. There are 0.5, 1, 2 or 5kg plastic sacks. From 2kg and over they include handles to make their transport easier.
The packaging also admits different presentations. For onions in bulk they use mesh sacks or strip boxes. The coats can be of 10, 20, 25 or 50kg.
Prepackaged onions are put in mesh or cotton sacks, trays, returnable boxes and cardboard boxes with capacity between 100 and 350kg. In Spain they usually come in mesh sacks of 25 and 50kg.
ONIONS & GARLIC PACKAGING
NNZ offers a broad portfolio of packaging materials for onions and garlic. These materials include net bags, film bags, trays, paper bags and transit packaging (pallet netting).
onions - Carry-Fresh bag onions - Twin-bag onions - Twin-bag onions - knitted net bag onions - woven net bag onions - woven net bag onions - monofilament net bag onions - knitted tubular net garlic - extruded tubular net onions - headerbag onions - extruded tubular net onions - plastic tray with topseal onions - Flow-Fresh film onions - Flow-Fresh filmo nions - flowpack film onions - pallet net.
Sizing And Packaging Options
Onions range in size from less than one-inch in diameter to more than 4.5-inches in diameter. The most common sizes sold in the U.S. for retail are between 2 to 3-3/4 inches in diameter.
onion sizing chart
4-1/2″ and Up Yellow, Red, and White
3-3/4″ and Up Yellow, Red, and White
3″ and Up Yellow, Red, and White
2″ to 3-1/4″ Yellow, Red, and White
1-3/4″ to 3″ Yellow and White
1″ to 2-1/4″ Yellow, Red, and White
1″ to 1-7/8″ Yellow and White
Under 1″ Yellow and White
Advances in packaging technology continue to give producers and retailers new ways to market produce. From convenient pack sizes and unique formats, to environmentally friendly materials, to high-impact graphic floor bins, retailers and producers can partner in creative ways to boost value, movement and profit.
Packaging trends are different from place to place around the country, but some of the most common trends for onions are:
Loose, with small stickers on each bulb.
Smaller mesh bags with a header label or wine glass label and carry-fresh bags.
Packaging that showcases a product’s quality and/or has space for product tips or recipes.
Quick Response (QR) codes are on the latest packaging elements to offer consumers a way to get additional information immediately. QR codes are scanned by a consumer with their Smartphone which links them to the producer or supermarket’s website.
Common Dry Bulb Onion Packaging Options: Mesh Bags – 2lb, 3lb, 5lb pre-packs, 10lb, 25lb, and 50 lb. Cartons – 40lb or 50 lb.
Processed Onion Options: Fresh Processed – Whole peeled, Ready-to-bloom, Whole sliced, Diced, Rings, Stir-fry, and Slivered.
IQF Processed (Individually Quick Frozen)- Diced, Strips, and Rings
Note: Different pack sizes or custom cuts may be available upon request.
Onion Packaging Methods
Packaging: It is the material that contains or stores a product and serves to protect the merchandise and distinguish it of other articles. Packaging: These are all the materials, methods and procedures that serve to condition, present, manipulate, store, conserve and transport a merchandise.
The material used for the packaging must be new, clean and of a quality that prevents damage to the product. The use of materials, in particular paper or stamps, that carry commercial specifications is allowed, as long as they are printed or labeled with non-toxic ink or adhesives.
The Food and Drug Administration of the United States (FDA) regulates the packaging and labeling of foods. The purpose of these regulations is to improve the safety of food distributed in the United States and to keep consumers informed about the food they eat. The FDA classifies any container that comes into direct contact with food as a "food contact substance."
It is the responsibility of the Office of Safety of Food Additives and the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) to ensure the safety of these substances in contact with food. This means that packaging materials such as plastics, coatings, papers, food colorants and adhesives must be regulated and considered safe for use.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that antimicrobial technology be integrated into plastic and textiles used in food packaging to prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, mildew, discoloration and odor. The FDA guidelines also require that the labeling of the package includes the nutrition guidelines, expiration or "best if used by" dates, instructions for handling and preparation, and the contact information of the packaging company. The labeling of allergens has also been a requirement since 2006.
The Allergen Food Labeling and Consumers Act not only requires disclosure if the product contains potential allergens such as milk, fish, eggs, seafood, peanuts, wheat or soybeans, but a notification if the product was made or packaged in a facility using any of the allergens mentioned above.
The exporters will be responsible for the packaging to be exported comply with the regulations established for the case by the National Phytosanitary Protection Organizations of the countries of destination.
When wooden packaging is used for export in Peru, they must have a seal certifying that they have received thermal treatment against pests. This seal is granted by SENASA based on compliance with the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures -NIMF 15 "Guidelines for
regulate the wooden packaging used in international trade ". Suppliers for wood treatment must be authorized by SENASA.
The NIMF 15 understands as wood packing: pallets, stowage, cages, blocks, barrels, drawers, load tables, pallet collars and chocks.
USA: Fair Packaging and Labeling Act
List of companies authorized to carry out heat treatment and marking of wooden packages for export
Always verify update of REGISTERED AND AUTHORIZED TREATMENT PLANTS
Regulation of wooden packaging used in international trade
There is a range of different types of final packaging used for export onions, including:
1. 20 kg bags -Onions are put into 20 kg net bags. These are stacked on wooden pallets; suitable to fit the container they will be shipped in.
2. 1.2 tonne bags - slings. These net bags, which can hold 1.2 tonnes of onions. They are placed on a wooden pallet for transportation.
3. Export bins - These are wooden in construction and carry either 700 - 750 kg or 1,200 kg of loose onions. Export bins are often reused in the local vegetable industry in the country of destination.
Note : Onions are held in field bins after harvest for a minimum of 10 days to naturally cure.
- Onion is sold in woven bags of open mesh of 25 kg net weight, with a tolerance of 4%.
- When onions are packed for exporting, wood or cardboard boxes are used, also synthetic fiber bags. All of them of about 23 to 25kilos net weight.
- Production´s economic value does not only consider yield and quality, but also the proportion of sizes that are obtained given the price differences.
- Demand prefers the medium size, of 5 to 7 cm of transversal diameter.
- Sizing of onions: process executed by a machine with fix opening, variable opening, by weight or electronic. Each method is further explained in the INTA reference.
- Quality classification is then done by hand.
- Onions are packaged and/or transported in :
- Small-meshed bags are unsuitable for transport due to their low permeability to air.
Onion is packed most common in the:
- Wooden palletboxes - 400 kg
- Polypropylene bags - 5kg, 10kg, 15kg, 20kg (put on the pallete)
- Plastic bags - 0,5kg, 1kg, 2,5 kg
- polypropylen net bags - 0,5kg, 1kg, 2,5kg
-The characteristics of the containers established in this section are of a general nature.
- The containers must meet the quality and resistance that guarantee the stowing and transportation to the place of consumption.
xxxxxxxx- The container must be made of a material that protects the onion from damages & a material that doesn't allow vibrations of onions inside their boxes while being transported. The said materials could be wooden or card boxes with inner anti-vibration protector such as plastic.
- The containers can be made of wood, cardboard, polyethylene or polypropylene sherds or other acceptable and convenient material, of the dimensions that are adapted to the needs of national and international transportation.
- The containers must meet the conditions of hygiene, ventilation, and resistance to humidity and temperature, which guarantee adequate handling and conservation of the product.
xxxxxxx-Containers are required to be clean, free from any pesticides, chemicals or toxic materials.
xxxxxxxx-The conditions for the container must meet the following requirements:
-Ventilation setting for containers: 10 m³/hr.
-Optimum humidity: 65%-75% (dry); >95% (green)
-Optimum carrying temperature: 0°C (dry/green)
-Storage life: 6-9 months (dry); 3-4 weeks (green)
-Types of packages used for fresh & dry onions:
-Jute or burlap bags for 25 kg measures 82 x 46 cm made of Polyethylene and Polypropylene
-Jute or burlap bags for 30 kg measures 84 x 46 cm made of Polyethylene and Polypropylene.
-Colossal packages have more than 4 "in diameter, Jumbo 3-4", Medium 2-3.5 ", Repackaged 1.75" and fresh onions to boiling less than 2 ".
-For frozen onions, they are packaged in Polyethylene bags for 15-20 kg.
-For both fresh & dry onions, they are stored at 0ºC for 3-4 weeks for fresh onions & 1-8 months for dry onions & -0 ºC for frozen onions.
Packing – onions shall be packed in appropriate containers that will adequately protect the product from normal hazards of transportation and handling, and shall weigh not more than 25 kilogram’s net.
Marking or labeling - each container shall be legibly labeled as follows:
- Name of product
- Grade, variety name and size classification
- Net weight (kg)
- Brand name (if any)
- Name of producer; and
- The words “Product of the Philippines”.
-For domestic supply, packing is dine is gunny bags
-For export purposes, packing is done in netted poly bags of different sizes, depending on the destination country
-For Malaysia and Indonesia, 10 KG netted polybags ae used
-For Sri Lanka, 25 KG netted poly bags are used
-For Singapore, 8 KG netted poly bags are used
-For Philippiness, 20 KG netted poly bags are used
-For countries in the Middle Eastern region, netted polybags of 5 KG, 10KG, 15KG ans 20KG are used, depending on importer preference
-For other countries, netted polybags are used and size depends on individual importer and country requirements
Organic Wine Glass Label Onion Packaging
Custom Onion Packaging: With our organic wine glass label bag we have the capacity to pack 2# red & yellow onions along with 3# red & yellow onions.
Bulk Greyhound Bag
Custom Onion Packaging: Available for pack:
50# Greyhound label: red & yellow onions
50# Onion Stock: red & yellow onions
40# Greyhound cartons: Jumbo reds, yellows, sweets & whites
40# Gurda Girls cartons: Jumbo reds, yellows, sweets & whites
Carry Fresh/ Stand Up Bags
Our Carry Fresh/ Stand Up Bags have a fresh, vibrant look. At A. Gurda Produce, we have the ability to design different varieties of film and private-brand bag design. We have designed and produced many unique bags that are attractive, functional and have the contemporary look that consumers reach for!
Our bagging material is made with thread that is not a fossil fuel derivative. Our packing technique has put us in the forefront of the produce industry in green packaging for both the production and disposal of environmentally friendly material. This type of package also offers two types of handles: two hole or a handle in place of the holes.
COMPLETE PACKAGING SOLUTIONS FOR ONIONS
Red onions in a net, chopped onions in an attractive plastic tray, two lbs of yellow onions in a sustainable Bag-2-Paper™. At JASA, all this is possible. JASA offers several innovative packaging solutions; JASA has been an expert and forerunner in onion packaging for many years. For both horizontal and vertical packaging lines, JASA is the right partner for you. In addition to weighing and packaging, we also offer the option of sorting with the optical Newtec Celox-P-UHD sorting machine. This machine groups your onions according to size, shape, and quality. This renders pre-sorting unnecessary. The sorting process is swift and extremely accurate.
JASA delivers and installs your complete onion packaging line: from the infeed to the weighing and packing of the trays and the robotized or non-robotized filling of boxes or pallets.
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ONIONS: ALL VARIETIES AND SIZES
(SUSTAINABLE) PACKED TO YOUR NEEDS
Small packaging, large packaging, nets, trays, and paper packaging; JASA has the right solution for every packaging requirement. In 2019 JASA came up with a real innovation: the Bag-2-Paper™. This paper packaging is made on JASA's vertical packaging machines without the need for sealing and therefore doesn’t need a plastic coating on the inside of the packaging. This makes it an innovative paper packaging for onions, one that is 100% suitable for recycling.
In addition, JASA makes its packaging solutions as flexible as possible so that the machines can be used for multiple products and packaging. Switching between different packaging materials, shapes, and weights is quick and easy. The onions are all automatically and very accurately weighed, ensuring minimal product giveaway. This flexibility does not affect the speed; your onions are packaged at lightning speed.
Would you like to know more about JASA's onion packaging solutions? Contact us; we will be happy to answer all your questions.
COMPLETE ONION PACKAGING LINES
Are you searching for a horizontal packaging line, or is a vertical packaging line more suitable for your onions? In all cases, you can contact JASA for your complete packaging solution. Depending on your packaging needs, JASA will assess whether your packaging line can be expanded with the best options. The possibilities include: very accurate high-speed weighers, vertical packaging machines, filling stations, de-nesters, lidders, and conveyor belts. The complete packaging line design also observes the desired sizes and suitable packaging solutions; printed or unprinted film, labels, or action stickers. With JASA's complete packaging lines, all options are open to you.
A wide range of extruded oriented nets
INTERMAS has a wide range of extruded oriented nets with memory stretch, designed for the packaging of garlic, onion and related products, either for in row or in bulk presentation. They stand out for their high retention ability so that the product can be kept in a line from its preparation until its opening for consumption.
ORIENTED EXTRUDED NETS WITH MEMORY
Garlic and onions packaging
Intermas has a wide range of extruded oriented nets with memory stretch, designed for the packaging of garlic, onion and related products, either for in row or in bulk presentation. They stand out for their high retention ability so that the product can be kept in a line from its preparation until its opening for consumption. The many mesh structures and shapes allow to adapt the visibility of the packed product, either with manual machinery or with state of the art automatic machines.
Contributions : The high memory stretch of these nets made them the perfect solution for packing in line onions and garlic keeping its form
Features : Available in rolls of 1000 meters
Available in a large range of colours.
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EXTRUDED NETS FOR BAGS WITH PRINTED FILM
Extruded nets for bags with printed film
Those meshes, in constant evolution since its launch, guarantee the vertical and well visible position of the packed product in the sales display.
Its structure offers the best possibilities of presentation and vision of the products, allowing multiple combinations to highlight the final appearance of the bag.
Tubulars : Meshes manufactured in tubular format for the packaging of fruits and vegetables with bag preform system automatic machines.
They are available in different widths from 18 to 30 cm.
Flats : Meshes produced in flat format for the packaging of fruits and vegetables with automatic vertical machines.
Contributions : The 6xxx nets guarantee the vertical position of the end package on the display. Premium packaging option.
The 8xxx nets are a more economic solution for your packaging but keeping its high quality and its vertically on the display.
Features : The 6xxx nets: PE extruded nets in a variety of colors and width as well as two structures offering different visibility of the product
The 8xxx nets: PE extruded nets in a variety of colors and widths. Available in 3 different structures
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Labelling your packaging with wineglass solution
Wine glass labels : Available in different sizes (40 x 160 mm; 38,5 x 144,5 mm; etc) and materials (thermal, coated paper, etc). Available in blank or printed with brand name or logo. We also offer self-adhesive labels.
Contributions : Keep the visibility of your brand in your clipped products.
Features : Printed in one side or both. Differnt sizes available
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Clipping wire for closing tubular nets packaging
Suitable for strapping both manual, semi-automatic or automatic machines, it provides a perfect and clean finish of the packaging.
Contributions : Clipping wire for all kind of semi-automatic or automatic machines
Features : Available in copper and zinc finish
EASYPAK PEDAL MACHINE
Manual clipping machine
Works with staples. It has 1 feeding funnel + spare tube + casing cone.
Weight 32 kg.
ELECTRIC EASYPAK MACHINE
Produces up to 40 bags per minute. Continuous clipping wire, roll. It makes approximately 9.600 bags. Additionally with 2 feedings funnels + 2 spare tubes. Available in a three phase version or a one phase version on special order (380 V - 220 V). Optional label dispenser.
Weight 130 kg.
Loading machine for extruded and knitted net
Machine for the automatic loading of tubular nets, both extruded and knitted. Two roller options available depending on the net type: rubber or brushes. USA GARLIC MACHINERY
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ONION PACKAGING – CBT
CBT is an automatic machine for fruit and vegetable products in tubular mesh hotofrutículas. Has a stapling head fed by two automatic continuous strip coils, which produces a very resistant staple and through its specific system buttis shirt for online packages leaving perfectly tensioned, in products such as onions …
Also this ball meant for packages such as garlic, shallots, walnuts, chestnuts, etc. You can also incorporate a labeling tie / wineglass ETC model with the desired information (barcode, weight, variety, etc.)
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New packaging ushers in 2021 onions
April 15, 2021
New packaging ushers in 2021 onions
As they are treated to new crop onions hitting coming into season around the country, consumers are also seeing new packaging that is eye-catching, informative and, in the spirit of upcoming Earth Day, eco-friendly.
Two prime examples are the colorful and history-relating bags, boxes and bins from sweet onion grower/shippers G&R Farms in Glennville, GA, and the innovatively designed and biogradable display-ready cartons from Owyhee Produce in Nyssa, OR, and Parma, ID.
G&R’s new redesign is part of the company’s new brand image that showcases the third-generation family farm and conveys the tagline “Grown with Passion, Served with Pride.”
The operation, which provides year-round sweet onions from Georgia and Peru, has a terrific story to share and does so on the new Vidalia bag, which will be in stores starting in late April.
Walt Dasher, G&R Vice President, said, “We’re proud of our roots and our long history with sweet onions. My grandfather, Walter L. Dasher, was one of the pioneers who helped put Vidalia onions on the map as a widely popular brand.” He added, “The new look has provided us with an opportunity to tell our story especially on our new Vidalia bag packaging.”
The back of the bag features download info for a free recipe booklet from G&R Farms website entitled “Taste the Memories.” The e-book highlights the family’s history, features their tried-and-true recipes and provides information on how to store and prepare sweet onions.
G&R Farms grows approximately 1,500 acres of Vidalia onions each year, including certified organics, which also are in a new bag this season.
“Our organic Vidalia bag packaging has a similar look with a different color palate so shoppers can easily distinguish this on the shelf,” Walt said. Sustainability efforts are highlighted on the back, and he noted that “consumers who purchase organic produce also tend to purchase eco-friendly products. We’re proud of our sustainability program. Our goal is to protect the environment for future generations while ensuring the health and well-being of our farmworkers.”
Westward in the Treasure Valley of Idaho-E. Oregon, Owyhee Produce introduced its new display-ready carton, or DRC, with the 2020-21 crop, and it has met with enthusiastic approval from both foodservice and retail receivers.
According to Owyhee Marketing Director Blake Branen, the Biogradable 50-40 carton is the efficient combination of an RPC and a standard 50-pound onion box.
He told OnionBusiness the container was in development for two years before its debut last season.
“We were looking for a way to be more sustainable with our packaging, and we were having some issues getting RPCs. So, we went to our carton manufacturer with the idea of using the footprint of the RPC but using biogradable corrugated cardboard,” he said.
“We also developed a lid that doesn’t need tape,” Blake added. The new design has provided an alternative bags and taped boxes, is aesthetically pleasing and is retail-ready.
The DRC has been a complete replacement for Owyhee’s previously used boxes with flaps, and with dimensions similar to the old-style carton, the 50-40 is on major retailer shelves throughout North America. It’s also a hit with foodservice.
“We’re using the DRC for anything that requires cartons,” Blake said. That includes, with the addition of an inner liner, being used for Buck Naked whole peeled onions. Buck Naked is a separate but sister company with its own program, Blake said. And the pre-peeled onions are packed in 30-pound DRCs. “Plans are in the works for sliced and diced as well,” he added.
“We’re seeing a good increase in foodservice business overall,” Blake continued. “We expect to see more volume increase over the summer as well. We’re hearing that more and more restaurants are upping their volume, and demand across the board is increasing.”